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The master of lightweight motoring, Caterham, will launch a new low-cost, karting championship series designed to give young motorsport enthusiasts an accessible and affordable starting point into racing.

Drawing on the British manufacturer’s years of experience running one-make racing championships, Caterham Motorsport will launch the new karting series applying the same level of expertise and regulations.

Caterham CK-01 Kart - 2

Open to novices only, Caterham says the championship is aimed at a maximum of 120 competitors aged between 13 and 16 from families who might not have considered karting as an option due to the related costs.

The season will comprise six one-day events with all racers competing in identical Caterham CK-01 karts with full technical support from Caterham Motorsport.

Caterham CK-01 Kart - 3

Caterham Group CEO Tony Fernandes says the series creates an opportunity for a new demographic to experience motorsport. “Caterham Karting will once again make this fantastic sport accessible to everyone, without losing any element of the competition and experience.”

The all-inclusive season package, priced at $7620, includes the ready-to-race CK-01 kart, guidance through the process of obtaining the required racing licence, a paddock trolley and entry to the six-event UK-based season.

The inaugural Caterham Karting championship series is due to begin in early 2014.

  • Doctor

    Would make a 12yo wish he lived in the UK.

  • Dudeface

    What a great idea. Wish something like this was available in Aus…

  • Peanut

    Make a road version of this car that we can drive to work in, add Super Mario costumes and they will sell like hotcakes. 

  • http://www.bryanbyrtrenault.com.au/ Modern Man

    Add a heater, aircon, and a stereo and this is the Alpine everyone is talking about!


    • TheRealThomas

      You have got to be kidding, Renault Alpine is a legendary brand which has a lot of heritage. I understand that you are a bit of a Renault fanboy, but for us who believe that Renault is a Religion or more in fact.

      Your comment enrages us.

      And you pretend to represent the best motor vehicle brand in the world.


      • http://www.bryanbyrtrenault.com.au/ Modern Man

        I still Love you Thomas.
        Just having a joke.

  • Sonic

    Oh, wow. This is a very awesome idea… I wish something similar would be done in Australia. Maybe this is Caterhams’ response to the new Lotus Karts introduced earlier last year?

    I used to race in karts myself, but I had to give it up due to costs of maintenance, membership fees, licencing fees, entry fees, tyres, etc. Glad Caterham is making it more accessible for other people! 

  • Poison_Eagle

    This is so cool!  Applying Lotus derived engineering to a go kart is my kind of fun!